Mr. and Mrs. Scott Duggins
For every seamless moment, every spontaneous-looking smile on a bride’s wedding day, there’s a mile of paperwork and decisions leading up to it. Imagine having made all of those decisions – What color flowers? Which dress? Full veil or half? – and having them blown away in an instant. That’s what happened to Sunny Deakle and Scott Duggins, who had originally planned on marrying in the Turks and Caicos islands on Oct. 29, 2005.
Not ones to let a little storm stand in their way, Sunny and Scott celebrated their wedding on the evening of October 28, 2005, officiated by Judge Robert Murphy, in the backyard of Scott’s cousin’s house in Baton Rouge surrounded by those family and close friends who were able to gather in spite of evacuation. Sunny’s father, John Steven Deakle, and step-father, William Stephen Dupuy, escorted her down the aisle bordered with chairs, tiki torches and twinkle lights everywhere.
Sunny’s strapless, A-line gown of candlelight silk was purchased in Paris on a family Christmas trip along with her veil. Both were presumed lost when the area around her seamstress’ studio flooded, but miraculously survived to grace the day. She accentuated her dress with pearls that were a gift from the groom and carried a bouquet of hot pink tulips by Lance Hayes, who designed all of the florals. Charlotte Latham photographed the ceremony.
Aimee Dupuy, Sunny’s sister, presided as maid-of-honor, wore a Vera Wang strapless chocolate brown dress and carried a smaller bouquet of hot pink tulips. Scott’s brother, David Dryden Duggins II, was best man and matched the groom wearing a navy suit with a Vineyard Vines, tropical-esque tie in honor of Hurricane Katrina. Junior bridesmaid, Elizabeth Duggins, wore a white dress from Pippen Lane and flower girls Elise Harmon, Madison Strayhan and Morgan LeBourgeouis wore individual white dresses and carried miniature baskets of tulips that matched the bride’s. Ring bearers were Polk Kellam, Elliot Kellam, Nick Harmon, Dryden Duggins and William Kelleher.
Directly after the ceremony, Sunny and Scott lightheartedly served hurricanes in glasses they ordered from Pat O’Brien’s, along with a Southern-style buffet featuring boiled shrimp and jambalaya. The bride’s cake was traditionally flavored with strawberries, covered with fresh tulips. The groom’s cake was chocolate with strawberries.
Sunny and Scott honeymooned at the Nottoway Plantation, and as avid Tigers fans, they attended the Louisiana State University football game the next day. They extended their honeymoon by visiting California over the holidays. They reside in Metairie where Sunny is a Senior Account Executive at Renaissance Publishing and Scott is a partner at the Duggins Law Firm.